Topic: Duco cement
After reading most of Matthew Morris's excellent treatise on Hugh Cooper's teaching methods I have a question regarding a statement that wasn't fully explained. It's on page 50 of the treatise and it's regarding Mr. Cooper's statement about the use of Duco Cement. He says that applying Duco to the wood surface of the blank has ruined many potentially good reeds. He says that he then would apply 3-4 coatings on the wrapping. Can someone who has worked with Mr. Cooper explain his rational for this. Personally I've always put a coating of Duco on the wood before wrapping and think that there're a number of good reasons to do so. Likewise I've know many players who will only put several layers of glue without wrapping. Next time I'll make reeds without putting glue on the wood and see if there's a difference.